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Festive wine tips from sommelier Jurica Gojevic

Adare Manor's top sommelier gives us his best recommendations ahead of Christmas.


To get you ready for Christmas, we spoke to Jurica Gojevic, who was awarded the inaugural Sommelier Award 2020 at the Michelin Revelation earlier this year, to get his top wine tips for the festive period. 

As head of wines and beverages at Adare Manor and Krug Ambassador for Michelin-starred The Oak Room at Adare Manor, Jurica knows exactly how to entertain a crowd with the perfect tipple. 

What are some good quality wines that we can serve to a crowd this Christmas without breaking the bank?

"If you’re planning a large family gathering or Christmas party, it can be expensive to serve Champagne all night. Cava, which can rival many Champagnes in terms of quality, is usually significantly cheaper than its French counterpart and is a great alternative for larger numbers. It follows the same winemaking process as Champagne, with traditional Spanish grapes like Macabeo, Parellada, Xarel-lo and is made in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia in Spain which one is indisputably the capital of Cava."

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What bubbles should we invest in for a special toast with a loved one on Christmas Day?

"The Oak Room has just been announced as a Krug Ambassade— the only Krug Ambassade on the island of Ireland – and as a Krug Ambassador myself, it will definitely feature on my Christmas fizz list.

Krug Grande Cuvée always comes to the table in a big way. From one of the most prestigious Champagne houses, this wine is consistently a top performer. Creamy and complex, this really is a special bottle to be shared with someone you love." 

Are there wines that traditionally pair well with Christmas dinner?

"For a traditional Christmas feast I would recommend the following pairing an Umbria white Malvasia-Grechetto or a good German Riesling with any fish you might be planning to serve. Turkey, the main event, would pair really well with a Chardonnay from Burgundy or the Rhône valley, or maybe even a Viognier from Condrieu. 

If you’re looking for some good suggestions to accompany ham, then an Alsatian Riesling or Pinot Gris will work well. For a red, New Zealand Pinot Noir or Beaujolais would work beautifully."

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What drinks should we serve with a Christmas cheeseboard?

"If you are serving more blue cheeses, which have a high salt content, I would recommend good Madeira Malvasia Colheita or a good Tawny Port, which is always good value. 

To surprise guests, try to offer Chardonnay from the USA or Savagnin from Jura in France with cheeses. They're a little different but work really well with cheese."

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This Award winning team at Adare Manor are full of passion for what they are creating; each and everyone deserves the accolades and recognition for outstanding delivery, service and creativity in the 5 star hospitality industry which is immensely competitive, yet they pull it off with skill, knowledge & panache coming from all walks of life and putting Adare on the map of first class hospitality. It’s truly a team effort comprised of members not only Irish but English, Hungarian, Croatian and Polish, this team is one to watch. Well deserved and outstanding! #1 Resort in Europe & #5 in the World - Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards 2019 Limerick's First Michelin Star Restaurant - The Oak Room at Adare Manor Bar of the Year Awards: Outstanding Whiskey Experience 2019 - The Tack Room Michelin Guide 2020: Sommelier Award - Jurica Gojevic Michelin Guide 2020: One Michelin Star - The Oak Room World Champion international bartender awards China Nov 2019 Ariel Sanecki #adaremanor #leadinghotelsoftheworld @pineapple_mint_cocktails #leadingbartenders #michelinstar ☘️

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